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The Numbers Are In: First Week Sales


Jamie Foxx, Keyshia Cole, and Keri Hilson were among the list of artists to release albums on Dec. 21st, and last week seemed a merriful week for album sales.

Jamie Foxx’s third album ‘Best Night of My Life’ debuted at No. 6 selling 144,000 copies in its first week. Although the album fell short of producing numbers much like his previous albums, let’s not forget selling in the hundred thousands for your first week sales is still impressive considering the decline in album sales these past few years. The Oscar winner’s previous effort, 2008’s Intuition, entered at No. 3 with 265,000, while his J Records debut Unpredictable came in at No. 2 with 598,000 in 2005.

R&B’s crowned ‘princess of soul’ Keyshia Cole’s fourth album ‘Calling All Hearts’ debuted No. 9 selling 128,000. The album falls short of 2008’s ‘A Different Me’ selling 322,000 in its first week and debuting at No. 2. Again, still impressive.

Good news for Keri Hilson’s sophomore album ‘No Boys Allowed’. Although the album failed to round out the top 10 spot coming in at No. 11, it sold 102,000 copies, an increase from her debut album ‘In A Perfect World’ which sold 94,000 units.

Still holding on to the No. 1 spot for 6 weeks straight, Taylor Swift’s Speak Now closes out the year at No. 1 with 276,000, followed singer Susan Boyle also maintaining her No. 2 spot with The Gift selling (240,000).
Other artists still seeing some impressive numbers with recent releases, Michael Jackson’s Michael No. 5 (150,000), Eminem’s Recovery comes in No. 7 (137,000), Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday,  No. 8  (133,000). Rihanna’s Loud rounds out the top 10 with 111,000.


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